Lifeplayer Start MP3 player, 5-band radio and recorder

Unit Price: $77.50

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 The Lifeplayer START is a solar and wind-up MP3 player, 5-band radio and recorder robustly engineered to provide education and information access in under-served, off-grid areas. Content is loaded onto the Lifeplayer via a microSD card, making quality audio educational material accessible on demand to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Lessons, messages, stories, books and songs can be listened to again and again. The Lifeplayer has a 5-band radio, records radio programs and live voice, and accommodate large groups for community listening with its excellent sound quality.


The Lifeplayer Start has been created for group listening, and is used in classrooms and clinics, by women’s listening groups and by farming cooperatives, to hear important information and news.

The Lifeplayer was the first MP3 and radio designed specifically for the aid and humanitarian sector, and has received a number of prestigious awards for product innovation. 


MP3 player

  • One micro-SD card, situated internally
  • Content can be pre-loaded at our factory or uploaded from a computer or smart phone
  • Records live voice or radio
  • 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64 GB microSD cards are available options
  • The amount of content is limited only by the size of the microSD card

Multiband radio

  • FM/AM/SW1/SW2/SW3 

Lifeplayer can be charged via

  • Solar panel (with internal rechargable batteries)
  • Wind-up dynamo 
  • DC power (a 12v mains charger can be added to your order as an optional extra)
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Product Specifications

Communication Tech
Battery Type Internal: 1300 mAh 4.8V NiMH battery pack
Solar: 1300 mAh NiMH 3.6V high temperature battery pack
Power Source Solar panel: Integrated 0.7 Watt polycrystalline solar panel with epoxy encapsulation
Hand crank: Direct drive spur gear transmission driving a high power 3-phase alternator with high efficiency reticulation
Recording Available? Via integrated microphone and off-air radio signal
Recording format: WAV
Playback format: MP3 and WAV
Size Height = 305 mm
Width = 144 mm
Depth = 134 mm
Weight (lbs) 3.09

Supplementary Specifications

Speaker 5W (max), 8-ohm paper cone loudspeaker with additional external speaker socket
Frequencies FM 88-108 Mhz
MW 500-1700 kHz
SW1 2.3–7 Mhz
SW2 7–15.9 Mhz
SW3 15.9–22 Mhz
Memory One microSD card, situated internally
Each microSD card stores up to 128GB

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    Company Address

  • City: London
  • Description: Lifeline Technologies, an award winning social enterprise, designs and manufactures solar and wind-up MP3 players and radios exclusively for the aid and humanitarian sector. Our range of fit-for-purpose products provides 24/7 access to information, news and education any time, anywhere. Robustly engineered to perform in harsh conditions, our products are designed specifically for the market they serve with input from end-users. Our MP3 players and radios are used widely in classrooms, clinics, community centres, and by listening groups and farming collectives. We also offer a range of power-independent portable radio-lights that provide information access, light and cell-charging for families and small groups. These are used in humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters around the world. Lifeline has a long-term arrangement with UNICEF and the wider U.N. and is an approved U.S. government supplier. Lifeline Technologies is a UK for-profit social enterprise, majority owned by Lifeline Energy, a US 501 (c) (3) charity established in 1999. Profits accrue to Lifeline Energy, in support of its charitable activities benefitting vulnerable and at-risk populations in Africa. Since 1999 around 600,000 of our products have been distributed reaching many millions of listeners. Through our close partnership with Lifeline Energy, we provide unequalled support to the humanitarian sector, with a proven track record in logistics, distribution and implementation of projects. Lifeline Energy’s 17 years’ experience in the field gives us unique insight into how best to design and distribute products for maximum impact in the market we serve. We have a deep understanding of the challenges of information access and energy poverty, and the complexity that this brings to both relief and development efforts. Lifeline provides comprehensive training support in the use and care of our products at no charge which can be arranged via Skype or in-person, depending on the project’s size

  • Additional Details

  • Product Categories: Mobile Technology
  • Company Type: For profit
  • Annual Revenue: $500,000 - $1,999,999
  • Office Locations: South Africa
  • D-U-N-S Number: 832674241000 (Lifeline Energy)

  • Shipping Information

  • Manufacturing Locations: China
  • Ships From: Hong Kong

  • Total sales: 0
  • Total products: 7

Lifeline’s units are manufactured to the highest
standards of performance in ISO 9000 rated factories and are third party
independently tested prior to leaving the factory.
Our units come with a limited one year warranty
for any manufacturing defect or manufacturing malfunction. 

being bound to this warranty, Lifeline shall have the option to inspect the
defective unit to determine whether its failure is indeed as a consequence of a
manufacturing defect or manufacturing malfunction. Only upon Lifeline being
satisfied that the defect complained about is indeed as a result of a
manufacturing defect or manufacturing malfunction will Lifeline then be bound
by this warranty. Photos or video footage are helpful to determine the problem.
In the event that the failure of the defective unit arises from a manufacturing
defect or manufacturing malfunction, Lifeline will repair and/or replace the
defective part(s) at no charge. Should there be a problem within the first year
of receipt of products  please contact us immediately and we will deal with any problems on a case-by-case basis.  We take any
malfunction seriously and will address the issue as a priority.

Kindly note however that this warranty
does not cover any transportation costs, and/or liability for any
direct, indirect, punitive or consequential damages which may arise from
any incorrect use, storage or handling of the unit(s) by the purchaser. In such a situation, Lifeline will advise the purchaser on how to best repair units damaged by user mishandling, which repairs shall be for the costs of the purchaser.

provides a comprehensive training support in the use and care of our products
at no additional charge.  This can be arranged via Skype or in-person,
depending on the size and scale of the project.  Products come with
English language pictorial instructions and can be customized in other

Volume and/or international shipping
Ships From:

Hong Kong

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